Michael Hedges at the Houston Chronicle takes a closer look at DeLay's record fundraising for his legal defense fund, as well as some of the expenses. Since 2000, when the indicted former Majority Leader was first charged with a House Ethics violation, the fund has raked in $1.4 million.
However, that may not be enough...in the past three months, DeLay spent $260,000 in legal fees, with $100,000 of that going to the Houston law firm of Bracewell & Giuliani, which has offices in several cities and a lobbying component in Washington.
The large payments to this firm have raised conflict of interest charges from Joan Claybrook at Public Citizen.
"Owing such sums of money to your defense firm while that firm is a major player in the influence-peddling business in Washington is unseemly and a conflict of interest," Claybrook said. "To avoid any appearance of corruption, DeLay should get new legal representation."
Well, we know that conflicts of interest have never kept Rep. DeLay up at night...
Also, interestingly, DeLay has between $100,000 and $250,000 in outstanding legal fees to Bracewell. Maybe it's not coming in as fast as it's going out?